It’s lovely to be blogging this morning… these past few days have been long… classes, classes, work… more work, isn’t it annoying how life gets in the way of crafting and blogging sometimes!!! I sound as though I’m complaining… it actually wasn’t too bad, my classes were very interesting anyway. Last night when I got home from work I was so tired, I was falling asleep into my knitting! No mistakes made though! I checked this morning. And how lovely was it, to be able to stay up last night, long after my usual bedtime, knowing I had no alarm going off in the morning… I’ve been excited for the last few days! About today! Because I’ve been really wanting to show you all my latest FO, which I finished DAYS ago, but haven’t been home in the sunlight since, to photograph!
But before we get down to crochet business, I had two queries about the bushman’s toilet paper from last post. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, quickly scroll down to the next post and have a squizz at the photo. The answer to the questions “Is Bushman’s toilet paper as scratchy as it looks?” is No, not really! It’s quite soft! Plus, the saying “Beggars can’t be choosers” pops into my mind…!!! It’s an amazing leaf, you can write all over it too! NZ native plants are amazing… we happen to know of a plant which grows all over the show, which when you boil the leaves into tea, makes you feel veeeeeeeery relaxed and happy!
OK. Crochet business. Remember these?
That’s right! The Lovely Lucy’s Summer Garden Granny Square Pattern has featured in my blog a few times… I just have to say, that I am so impressed with anyone who has the staying power to crochet a blanket. I happen to know of many bloggers who have made multiple blankets! *WOW* I salute you! When I learned to crochet in April, I made a lap blanket and then decided to tackle a granny square blanket. This is when I began my blog… to track my progress. Well… as you can see, I didn’t get very far! 52 granny squares in total, and they have been stuffed into a cupboard while I explored new and bold crochet and knitting frontiers! I just couldn’t take this WIP lying around any longer, so I decided to get them out and make a cushion.
And I love it.
Loooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooove it! On my last day off, I grabbed them out of their bag and laid them on the bed to see how they’d look…
Fab as you can see! Remember my mum’s sheep? Well, Mum is all about natural undyed fibre, it’s her thing. I like colour, but I also have a love for undyed fibre, so I made these grannys colourful on the inside and used natural around the edges. my reasoning was, it would fit in with our decor better, and I’m glad I did, I love the result.
Hooking them together was no problem… until I finished and remembered Oh! You hook the inside loops together, not the outside loops! tee hee… no worries, it turned out fine, like I was going to frog that!
And here it is. Remember this is my first granny square thing I’ve really made apart from multiple granny squares and one giant granny!
My Summer Garden Granny Square Cushion (!!!)
Oh how I love to sit and look at those colours! Circles of jewels spinning around!
And the best part is… these are still many grannys left, for a few more cushions to decorate my day bed… so watch this space for more granny goodness!
So things may look the same on the surface of my blog, but big things are happening behind the scenes! Now I’ve become more involved with ravelry, and put some of my patterns into their database, I have so many visitors coming to my blog! My granny mandala pattern has had over 400 hits in the last few days alone, it’s just great! So to all of those Ravelers who are coming to visit, welcome! I hope you enjoy yourselves! And to all my blog friends who leave me a comment on every single post… well… you’re just the best. Blogging just wouldn’t be worth it if you hadn’t, to be honest! So lots of love extended to you from me AND my furry little buddy who loves you all too. I barely had a moment to do anything the last few days and I missed seeing what you’ve all been up to, so today, I’ll get to have a catch up on what’s happening in your lives. Fab.
OK, I’m off… theres breakfast to be eaten, study to do, knitting to finish, more knitting to start!
Lots and lots of love to you from Alice and Raymond XXX